Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, 77, of Peru,...


Cardinal Augusto Vargas Alzamora, 77, of Peru, at times a stern critic of President Alberto Fujimori, died in Lima early yesterday after a long illness, Peruvian officials said.

Cardinal Vargas Alzamora was primate of Peru and archbishop of Lima until his retirement. He was succeeded in January of last year by Juan Luis Cipriani, who had been a prominent mediator in the siege at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima in 1997 when Marxist guerrillas held 72 people hostage for 126 days.

A spokesman for the Peruvian bishops' conference said the Jesuit cardinal died in a hospital where he had been receiving treatment for four months after a brain hemorrhage. A funeral Mass is expected to be offered tomorrow in Lima.

Cardinal Vargas Alzamora was ordained a priest in 1955 and made an archbishop in 1989. Pope John Paul II installed him as a cardinal in 1994.

As archbishop of Lima, he spoke out against the increasing poverty in his poor Andean nation, saying in 1997 that the government was not doing enough to help the desperately poor.

Robert Montgomery Jr., 77, an entertainment lawyer to Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe and the trustee of the Cole Porter Musical and Literary Property Trusts, died Saturday of lung cancer in Sag Harbor, N.Y. He was 77.

Mr. Montgomery was a partner at the Manhattan law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, where his career spanned 40 years.

Among his other clients were composer Andrew Lloyd Weber and movie director Louis Malle.

Mr. Montgomery worked with Mr. Porter before the composer's death in 1964.

He became the trustee for the property trusts in 1977, and his job was to protect the integrity of Porter's work.

He was credited with the current revival of "Kiss Me, Kate" because he had toiled for many years in search of a producer for the Porter show.

Mr. Montgomery was head of his law firm's entertainment division, which he expanded to include clients from motion pictures and television.

Tang Choon Keng, 100, founder and president of one of Singapore's most famous stores, Tangs, died Sunday in Singapore.

Shopping magnate Tang, better known as the Tin Trunk Man and the Curio King, arrived in Singapore in 1932. He began selling door-to-door the lace and embroidery brought in tin chests from his home town of Swatow, China.

In 1934 he founded his merchandise store in the center of Singapore, expanding the business two years later to include other handicrafts from China made from teak and ivory.

Tangs is one of the oldest publicly listed retail companies in Singapore and is worth $21.74 million.

Godfrey Talbot, 91, whose three decades with the British Broadcasting Corp. took him from the trenches of World War II to globetrotting with the royal family, died Sunday in London.

Mr. Talbot joined the BBC in 1937 as a war correspondent and was made an officer of the Order of British Empire for his coverage of the Desert Rats' campaign.

In 1948, he became the BBC's first royal correspondent. Mr. Talbot was personally approved by King George VI. He traveled more than a quarter of a million miles around the world with the royal family over the course of 20 years and also wrote a book about the Queen Mother.

Mr. Talbot retired from the BBC in 1969.

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